Excavation meaning

ĕkskə-vāshən
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(countable) A cavity formed by cutting, digging, or scooping.
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(countable) An uncovered cutting in the earth, in distinction from a covered cutting or tunnel.
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(uncountable) Archaeological research that unearths buildings, tombs and objects of historical value.
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(uncountable) The act of excavating, or of making hollow, by cutting, scooping, or digging out a part of a solid mass.
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(countable) The material dug out in making a channel or cavity.
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The act or process of excavating.
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A hole formed by excavating.
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An excavating or being excavated.
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A hole or hollow made by excavating.
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Something unearthed by excavating.
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(countable) A site where an archaeological exploration is being carried out.
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Origin of excavation

  • From Latin excavatio (“a hollowing out”), from excavare (“to hollow out”), from ex- (out) + cavare (to hollow)< cavus (hollow)< Proto-Indo-European *keu- (“vault, hole”)

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